According to recent research, statins may lower the risk of age-related vision deterioration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the main causes of severe visual impairment among older people. According to a recent study, taking the medication regularly to lower cholesterol and manage type 2 diabetes may cut the risk of developing degenerative eye disease by more than a fifth.
To assess the effect of the drugs on people’s risk of developing AMD, researchers combined data from 14 studies.
Nearly 40,000 people from the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, and Russia were participants in studies that experts examined under the direction of a team from University Hospital Bonn in Germany.
All participants were over 50 and taking at least one type of medication, including statins, to lower cholesterol, control diabetes, control inflammation, exclude steroids, or treat movement disorders brought on by neurodegenerative diseases.